Editor's note: There's a lot of gunplay in Orlando; so much, in fact, that the media doesn't even bother to report shooting incidents unless someone dies. Here's a sample of the Wild West—type stuff you might have missed that happened in the past few weeks.
July 12, 2:18 P.M.: In the 20 block of Fanfair Avenue, a 32-year-old witness met with Officer Mills in reference to some Wild West activity. The witness stated that she saw a silver Monte Carlo and a pink or burgundy four-door car pull up near one another. Reports state that a man — described as a black male, between 5 feet, 9 inches, and 6 feet tall, weighing approximately 145 pounds, in black pants, no shirt and a black mask — got out of the silver car with a gun in his hand. The witness described the gun as a "a long rifle type." The suspect fired it several times, according to reports. The silver car sped away toward Old Winter Garden Road while the pink or burgundy car took off toward Ivey Lane.
Officers located the rented 2006 burgundy Pontiac involved in the incident. It was driven by a 17-year-old female who was accompanied by her 16-year-old friend. No weapons were found in their possession.
What happened to the bullets? Some went into an apartment complex in the area. Officer Mills met with the 48-year-old apartment manager, who stated that several bullets hit one of the apartments, but no one was injured because no one was home. Another apartment also was hit; a 69-year-old resident stated that there was a small bullet hole in one of the windows and glass on her granddaughter's bed. The apartment manager estimates damages at $200. He assured Officer Mills "he did not give anyone permission to fire bullets into the residence."
July 13, 8:37 P.M.: Officer Sauvage was dispatched to the 4100 block of Nimons Street in reference to someone shooting at a vehicle. The 32-year-old victim was dropping off four children (ages 9 to 13) after football practice on the 4600 block of King Cole Boulevard when "a black, four-door Ford Taurus pulled out from `down the street` … driven by an 18-year-old black male with a red complexion, dreadlocks and glasses. There was also a black male in the front passenger seat and in the rear passenger seat there was an 18-year-old black male, with a light complexion," reports state.
The victim told police the occupants of the vehicle started yelling at him, so he left the area. They followed him, and once they got to the intersection of Aaron Avenue and Nimons Street they started shooting at him. One round pierced his back window and exited through his front windshield. The victim took off and lost the suspects; luckily, his windows were the only things struck by the gunshots. Total estimated damages to the vehicle: $300. "An area check for the suspects met with negative results," reports state.
July 22, 6:10 A.M.: Within the king's castle rests the throne … today known as the commode. One might as well thrust a stake deep into a man's heart as to defile the commode. Our 33-year-old victim in this next case can relate.
Officer Turner was dispatched to the 4600 block of Rose Coral Drive in reference to a home invasion. Just before 6 a.m. the victim was awakened to the sound of his front door being kicked down. A few seconds later, the victim's bedroom doorway was filled with the disturbing sight of a man carrying a large gun, reports state.
The perp ordered the victim to come out of his room; the victim jumped from his bed to his dresser and "a shot rang out, which later was found to have struck the bathroom toilet," reports state. After discharging the firearm, the suspect fled the scene "in what sounded like a truck." The 9 mm round casing and fragments of the round itself were retrieved from the scene. Estimated damages include $125 to the front door and $75 for the throne.
July 23, 3:30 A.M.: Officer Smith was dispatched to the 3400 block of West Colonial Drive in reference to an assault with a weapon. The victim was on the phone with the dispatch officer, who relayed information and whereabouts to Officer Smith as events unfolded.
It appears that after a verbal confrontation in a parking lot in the 1000 block of South Orange Blossom Trail between the victims (in vehicle No. 1) and the five occupants of vehicle No. 2, the victims took off and vehicle No. 2 "aggressively followed" them.
The victims in vehicle No. 1 were at a stoplight when a 19-year-old from Miami pulled up beside them, produced what looked like a handgun and pointed it at them. Vehicle No. 2 continued to chase the victims until officers laid down "stop sticks" on eastbound I-4 near Princeton Street, which halted the vehicle by popping the suspect vehicle's front tires; this enabled officers to search the vehicle for a weapon. Under the driver's seat they found "a small BB gun which closely resembled a real firearm," reports state. One would think they roll a little harder than that in Miami. Arrestee's bond is set at $1,firstname.lastname@example.org